Thailand: Another one million doses of Sinopharm vaccine arrive in Bangkok

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BANGKOK, July 25 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): The Cargo & Mail Commercial Department and THAI Cargo Terminal Service Department of Thai Airways International had been entrusted by the Chulabhorn Royal Academy to deliver one million doses of "Sinopharm" Covid-19 vaccine with a total weight of 33.39 tons from Beijing.

Professor Nithi Mahanonda, secretary-general of Chulabhorn Royal Academy, and director of Chulabhorn Hospital, said the academy will open vaccine reservation again on July 27 as 48,756 registrants had not completed their registration.

The cost of two doses of Sinopharm vaccine per person is THB1,554 (THB777 per dose). For every 2 doses, the Chulabhorn Royal Academy will donate half a dose to the underprivileged.

From July 12, Covid-19 patients with no or only mild symptoms in Bangkok and surrounding provinces will be cared for in home isolation or community isolation.

These include 2,500 patients who called the 1330 hotline of the National Health Security Office (NHSO) and have not yet been allotted hospital beds.

NHSO secretary-general Dr Jadej Thammathach-aree said home and community isolation is a recent public health measure to handle the shortage of hospital beds and influx of patients amid the rising daily caseload.

Admitting all of them to hospitals would exhaust public health resources and medical staff while lowering the chances for patients with moderate and severe symptoms (classified as yellow and red, respectively) to access care and hospital facilities. - The Nation Thailand/ANN

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